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Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.

 

Kristin Kopp, 25 & Ben Johnston, 28

How We Met
Ben and I met during Mizzou’s Homecoming in 2009. I was finishing my senior year and Ben had just moved back to St. Louis from New York. Although we share many mutual friends, we had never met before. While out celebrating, I sat next to Ben at the bar and we instantly hit it off. Our relationship continued to blossom over the rest of the semester, during which Ben visited on weekends for Mizzou football games. After dating for a few months, Ben and I went on a weekend trip to Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake. It was there, looking out at the tranquility of the lake, that we first said, “I love you,” to each other. My love for Ben continued to grow over the next year as I attended nursing school. He has always been my biggest cheerleader, continually pushing me to succeed.

The Proposal
The morning after we arrived in Denver for a weekend getaway, we woke up early to go on a sunrise hike in the mountains near Boulder, CO. When we came to a stopping point, Ben led me to a field, where I was surprised to see a hot air balloon waiting to take us on scenic tour! Once we were up in the air, he said he had one more surprise in
store and instructed me to give my camera to the balloon pilot. When I turned around, Ben was on his knee with the ring I had picked out months earlier. He had a romantic speech prepared that blew me away. With a stunned grin and tears in my eyes, I said, “Yes!” We popped a bottle of champagne and soared off for the horizon.

The Big Day
June 2, 2012 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel Crystal Ballroom.

Ashlynn Reckert, 25 & Stephen Weiss, 25

How We Met
Stephen and I met in 2008 when we were both seniors at The University of Missouri and co-workers at Quintons Bar & Deli. We worked different shifts so our paths never crossed at the restaurant, but we knew of each other through mutual friends. I was interested in meeting him so I casually stopped by Quintons one day after class to visit a friend who was working. It was truly love at first sight when we laid eyes on each other. We exchanged numbers that day, and after getting to know each other, we decided to go on our first date to see a coworker perform at The Blue Fugue. It was a night of good music and flirtation that led to a two-year romance.

The Proposal
After college, Stephen and I moved out to Washington D.C. together. On Valentine’s Day, Stephen said he had arranged a surprise for me. Since our two-year anniversary also falls on Valentine’s Day, I assumed that meant a romantic dinner in the city. Stephen took me to the JW Marriot downtown, where he had booked an amazing corner suite with a breathtaking view of the Washington Monument. I was in the bathroom getting ready for the big night out when Stephen called me to look at the beautiful sunset. I walked out of the bathroom to find Stephen looking ravishing in a new suit. I was telling him how handsome he looked, when he dropped to one knee and revealed the ring box. I was so overwhelmed by his proposal that it took my breath away and I collapsed into his arms. I said “yes,” and we shared a romantic dinner with a nightcap of strawberries and champagne.

The Big Day
September 10, 2011 at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.

Kelly Hummert, 30 & Amit Dhawan, 35

How We Met
Amit and I met at Scape in 2009 after I had arranged a meeting with him to discuss business opportunities. At the time, I was running CarbonNYC, an exclusive social club for New York’s elite. I had been considering moving back to St. Louis and had some ideas for a similar nightclub concept in the Midwest. At Scape, our conversation quickly became side-tracked from business to casual. The night continued when he invited me to come upstairs to Mandarin Lounge for an event he had produced. I held his attention for all of 15 minutes before I was overshadowed by the arrival of George Clooney. Amit and Clooney disappeared into the night, and I headed back to New York City. We kept in touch over the next two years, and when I moved back to St. Louis in 2011, we reconnected and began dating.

The Proposal
We went out one night with some friends for dinner and drinks at The Four Seasons. I had no idea that Amit had out-planned me and had told our friends that he was going to propose that night. After dinner, our friends excused themselves from the table, and Amit and I were left alone. Our waitress came over carrying a tray of Sonic slushes (my favorite) and the ring box. Amit got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, to which I replied, “Okay, definitely.” We headed to Mike Shannon’s where our friends and family had gathered to celebrate our engagement—Amit had even flown in my best girlfriends from Los Angeles and New York City for the occasion. It was the perfect night, with the perfect guy, in perfect company.

The Big Day
November 19, 2011 at Cathedral Basilica (Catholic ceremony), The Hyatt (Hindu ceremony) and Contemporary Art Museum (reception).

 

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Ashlynn Reckert & Stephan Weiss

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Kelly Hummert & Amit Dhawan

Kelly Hummert & Amit Dhawan

 

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